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My Sister's Keeper (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  26 June 2009 (USA)
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Anna Fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemia-stricken daughter Kate remain alive.

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In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, some disturbing images, sensuality, language and brief teen drinking | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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£922,947 (UK) (26 June 2009)

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$49,185,998 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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This is the second time a Cameron Diaz character performs as a lawyer for her own cause. She first did so in What happens in Vegas (2008). See more »

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Campbell Alexander's commercial "I'm Campbell Alexander. I have a 91 percent success rate. What can I do for you?" violates Rule 7.1 of ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. Comment 3 of Rule 7.1 states a lawyer may not make statements that create an "unjustified expectation" that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances, even if the statements are literally true. This applies to Campbell Alexander's statement about his 91% success record, which is a violation of the rules. See more »

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Andromeda 'Anna' Fitzgerald: When I was a kid, my mother told me that I was a little piece of blue sky that came into this world because she and Dad loved me so much. It was only later that I realized that it wasn't exactly true. Most babies are coincidences. I mean, up in space you've got all these souls flying around looking for bodies to live in. Then, down here on Earth, two people have sex or whatever, and bam, coincidence. Sure, you hear all these stories about how everyone plans these perfect families. ...
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Potential Story with a Promising Beginning, Confused Screenplay and Melodramatic Conclusion (15 October 2009)
16 October 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the eleven year old Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) seeks the successful lawyer Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) trying to hire him to earn medical emancipation from her mother Sara (Cameron Diaz) that wants Anna to donate her kidney to her sister. She tells the lawyer the story of her family after the discovery that her older sister Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) has had leukemia; how she was conceived by in vitro fertilization to become a donor; and the medical procedures she has been submitted since she was five years old to donate to her sister. Campbell accepts to work pro bono and the obsessed Sara decides to go to court to force Anna to help her sister.

"My Sister's Keeper" has a potential story with a promising beginning. However, the screenplay entwines flashback of situations of Kate's cancer sometimes in a confused way and has a melodramatic conclusion that could be shorter. The greatest problem is the shallow and unrealistic Hollywoodian approach, reducing the strength of the powerful drama, and I believe that this theme would be better explored by an independent director in a more realistic environment. The teenager Sofia Vassilieva has an awesome performance and Cameron Diaz is also great in the role of a mother that becomes obsessed to save her daughter and forgets her family. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Prova de Amor" ("A Proof of Love")


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